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2023-24 Testing Windows
Instructionally Embedded: 9/11/23–2/23/24
Spring: 3/11/24–5/3/24

Testing Subjects
English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science

Lisa Hampe, Bureau of Special Education Advisor
Lynda Lupp, Statewide Special Education Assessment Coordinator

Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education
Pennsylvania Alternate Assessment Help Desk

Additional Information

  • The 2023-24 PASA DLM opens March 11 and concludes on May 3, 2024. 
  • Is your school ready? 6 steps must be completed before testlets can be released:
            √ The state testing window must be open.
            √ The security agreement must be completed.
            √ The teacher must complete the RTAT (Required Test Administrator Training).
            √ Students must be rostered to a teacher for each subject they will be assessed.
            √ The First Contact Survey (FCS) must be submitted for each student.
            √ Student Portal must be installed on the student computer (see the Kite Suite link for directions).
  •  For more information on timelines and training requirements see PASA DLM Instruction and Assessment Calendar (pdf)  

For the 2023-2024 school year, new security measures required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for creating passwords will be implemented. Returning users must click on “Forgot Password” and change it to meet specifications. New and returning users must create a password that meets the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 12 characters in length.
  • Must use three of following four character sets: upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Cannot be among the last 24 passwords user created.

*Passwords will expire every 60 days, rather than the current 180 days.

PASA DLM Assessment Coordinator Data Management Training Modules – 2023-24
Choose one of the following required training formats:

  • Full Data Management Training: appropriate for new AC/DTC or those not proficient in Kite Educator Portal (asynchronous)
  • Refresher Data Management Training: appropriate for experienced AC/DTC who are proficient in Kite Educator Portal (asynchronous)
  • Hands-On Data Management Training: appropriate for the AC/DTC who would like support to ensure all enrollment steps are complete and accurate (in person)
    • AC/DTC must register at PaTTAN Event Calendar
    • Nov. 7 at PaTTAN West
    • Nov. 13 at PaTTAN East
    • Nov. 14 at PaTTAN Central

Proof of completed training is required through completion of survey link within the asynchronous training slides or attendance at in person session.


Resource Category
Content Area

Talking to Parents about DLM Score Reports for Year-End Model (pdf)
formerly called the Teacher Interpretive Guide, this document helps teachers when talking to parents about DLM student reports

Technology Specifications Manual (pdf) 07/21/2023
supports technology personnel in preparing schools for the technology needs of the DLM assessment

TEC (Test, Exit, Clear) Upload Template (csv)
template used to batch remove students from Educator Portal

Test Administration Manual for Pennsylvania (pdf) 08/08/2023
supports Test Administrators in preparing themselves and students for the DLM assessment

User Upload Template (csv)
template used to upload multiple users into Educator Portal

Using Mini-Maps to Plan Instruction (pdf)
PDF containing information on how to use mini-maps to plan instruction

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